The Bellows Falls Hydroelectric Project

The Bellows Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC License No. P-1855) is located on the Connecticut River in the village of Bellows Falls in Rockingham, Vermont and Walpole, New Hampshire.

  • 2,804-acre, 26-mile long reservoir at elevation 291.6 feet above sea level
  • 3 feet of useable storage managed seasonally
  • 49 megawatts of generation capacity with three General Electric generators with Francis waterwheels
  • The Bellows Falls Project is currently undergoing relicensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More information about that process can be found here.

Available Recreation Activities

Several picnic areas, three concrete boat ramps, and other natural lands are located on either side of the river upstream of the facility, along with a paddler’s campsite that is part of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. A Visitor’s Center and fish ladder viewing window located in downtown Bellows Falls is operated seasonally by The Nature Museum at Grafton. For more detailed recreation information and maps, please click here.

Great River Hydro’s recreation facilities are open to the public on a day-use basis only, from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.  Please click here for a complete list of rules.

Water Levels

River flows can vary throughout the day below Great River Hydro’s dams. Check Waterline for current levels and flow forecasts.

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Bellows Falls Station